Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Games, 9/13/06

I played a strong Italian today. There were some tactics, but mostly I lost due to a premature kingside expansion. My opponent reacted adeptly. Well, except for move 23. He thought it was check!   ;-)

Loss: LightKnight(1610)-likesforests(1474)

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 c6 6.Be2 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 g4 11.Ne5 Nbd7 12.Nxg4 Nxg4 13.Bxg4 e6 14.Re1 Nf6 15.Bh4 Nxg4 16.Qxg4 Rg8 17.Re4 Kf8 18.Re2 Bd7 19.Rae1 Re8 20.Qf4 e5 21.dxe5 Be6 22.Ne4 Bxe5 23.Nf6 Bxf4 24.Nxe8 Kxe8 25.g3 Bc7 26.f4 Qxa2 27.Rd2 Bb6+ 28.Kg2 Kf8 29.Bf6 Ke8 30.Red1 Rg6 31.R2d8+ Bxd8 32.Rxd8# 1-0

Both open well. 6.Be2 deviates from the mainline. According to Emms, "White's move, while having many purposes, is not immediately threatening, so Black does have some extra time." 6...g6 7.O-O Bg7 is fine for both sides.

8.Bg5? -- There's no threat or pin. The exchange would benefit Black.

8...h6? , 9...g5? , 10...g4? -- I thought these "aggressive" moves gained time, but they chase White's pieces to active squares.

11...Nbd7? -- Hanging the g-pawn. h5 was the only saving move.

12...Nxg4 -- I'm cramped, can't castle, and down a pawn. I want to exchange a few pieces and then focus on king safety.

15...Nxg4 -- Exchanging away an aggressor, and White's bishop pair!

17.Re4 Kf8 18.Re2 -- Re4 was a wasted tempo... White retreats due to fear of Bxd4 tactics, and my king's slightly safer.

20...e5! -- A brilliant move. This pawn sac's the only way to hold on.

23.Nf6?? Bxf4 -- A blunder. I go from a lost to won in a single turn. However, I have 41 seconds left to his 5 minutes.

25.g3 Bc7 -- We react to a "fake" threat. The g-pawn is pinned.

29...Ke8 to 32.Rd8# -- Argh! I ran low on time due to White's earlier attack--which left me with only seconds to fend off checkmate.

1 comment:

transformation said...

my good friend. good day sir... i did not sleep well, the words repeating like some bad dream... i try to put it away and not morbidly 'review it', since what is done, and 'what is broken, is broken', but it is still upsetting, even if one is also simulaneously relieved.

congratulations on your big jump and 84.6%. i am not surprised. i had to honestly blink, as i read your comment, as i am just waking up... its the west coast AND i work late every day, 2-11pm. bravo! so now you have the bug again to hit 85.00?

if you can jump this fast in a day, that is to say can maintain this rate, then i can never catch you again. i must do exactly 400 problems at 90% just to go up 0.1% at this 19,500 level.

did you see the kissenger article in the washington post? shown on line today. david